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Tech & Science Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine has died at age 87

05:05  28 october  2019
05:05  28 october  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine passed way at his home in Woodside, Ca., today at age 87 of natural causes. Sequoia posted a tribute to Valentine Sequoia posted a tribute to Valentine shortly afterward, calling him “one of a generation of leaders who forged Silicon Valley.” A native of New York

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  • Don Valentine, founder of Silicon Valley venture firm Sequoia Capital died on Friday, the firm said.
  • Valentine spent nearly 40 years working in Silicon Valley, and Sequoia Capital is widely credited with cementing California's Bay Area as the tech powerhouse it is today.
  • Some of Valentine's early investments that paved the way for Sequoia Capital include the gaming company Atari in 1975 and computing giant Apple in 1978.
  • According to Sequoia, Valentine was not without his quirks, saying that he "favoured green ink," and "never drank coffee." He was widely known in Silicon Valley for asking entrepreneurs about their business, "Who cares?"
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Don Valentine, founder of Silicon Valley venture firm Sequoia Capital, died in his home in Woodside, California, on Friday,the firm said. He was 87.

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Don Valentine , founder of Sequoia Capital and one of the generation of leaders who forged Silicon Valley, died today aged 87 at his home in He shaped Sequoia and left his imprint not just on his family and friends and those who worked with him, or the many philanthropic institutions that have

Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine passed way at his home in Woodside, Ca., today at age 87 of natural causes. A native of New York, Valentine majored in chemistry at Fordham University before joining Raytheon in South California

A Sequoia Capital spokeswoman told the New York Times that Valentine died of natural causes.

Valentine spent nearly 40 years working in Silicon Valley, and Sequoia Capital is widely credited with cementing California's Bay Area as the tech powerhouse it is today.

Valentine graduated from Fordham University before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the earliest technology startups that ultimately spun off computing giants Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, and National Semiconductor. After seven years in sales at Fairchild, Valentine joined National Semiconductor as founding vice president of sales and marketing. While at National, Valentine began making small personal investments in a range of young technology companies.

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Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine passed way at his home in Woodside, Ca., today at age 87 of natural causes. Sequoia posted a tribute to According to Sequoia Capital , he soon attracted the attention of an early mutual fund group, Capital Group, which staked Valentine , allowing him to form

Sequoia Capital Founder Don Valentine came to the streets at his home in Woodside, Ca. at the age of 87 for natural reasons A generation of executives who forged the Silicon Valley. " Valentine is from New York. She studied chemistry at Fordham University before moving to Raytheon, Southern

His first venture fund was established in 1972 and paved the way for what would later become Sequoia Capital, one of the most successful and enduring venture firms in Silicon Valley. He invested in the pioneer video game company Atari in 1975. In 1978, he wrote a $US150,000 check to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak for Apple Computers. He served on the boards of both tech giants.

Sequoia Capital is a prominent fixture in Silicon Valley tech history. The firm has backed some of the industry's biggest companies, including Oracle, Cisco, Microchip Technology, Linear Technology, and Network Appliance. The firm also incubated several major companies, including Electronic Arts and Sierra Semiconductor.

Valentine oversaw one of the smoothest transitions in Silicon Valley's venture capital industry when he handed over the business to Doug Leone and Michael Moritz in the mid-1990s. Valentine was still active in the firm, but according to its tribute, he rarely intervened with new leadership.

Sundar Pichai, Marc Andreessen, and other Silicon Valley leaders paid tribute to late Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine

  Sundar Pichai, Marc Andreessen, and other Silicon Valley leaders paid tribute to late Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine Sequoia Capital founder Don Valentine died on Friday at age 87, the firm said. Valentine was widely considered one of the preeminent figures in Silicon Valley's tech industry, and his firm is one of the most successful and most enduring venture firms today. Valentine was known for asking aspiring founders "Who cares?" in response to their pitches, a trait many other Silicon Valley leaders admired and emulated.Several leaders in Silicon Valley, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Andreessen Horowitz founder Marc Andreessen, shared memories and tributes to Valentine on Twitter Friday.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

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"Don's life is woven into the fabric of Silicon Valley," Leone said in a statement released Friday. "He shaped Sequoia and left his imprint not just on those of us who had the privilege to work with him or the many philanthropic institutions that invested with Sequoia, but also on the founders and leaders of some of the most significant technology companies of the later part of the twentieth century."

The firm's tribute noted some of Valentine's quirks, saying that he "favoured green ink," and "never drank coffee." He was widely known in Silicon Valley for asking entrepreneurs about their business, "Who cares?"

Valentine is survived by his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren, according to the firm's tribute.

Read Sequoia Capital's full tribute to founder Don Valentine here.

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